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Farming in distress in border KunduzWritten by Farhad
Saturday, 08 January 2011 15:48
Security challenges have wrecked farming in agricultural Archi, a district in Kunduz province.
Hazrat Nabi, 35, complains farmers were not able to leave their homes for days because of the ongoing war between Afghan forces and insurgents along the Tajik-Afghanistan border.
Conflict has deepened the area's underdevelopment. "The absence of an irrigation system has caused problems in farming even though the district is located on the Kukchi River," says the farmer from Archi.
In fact there are two streams - new stream and old stream. "But the recklessness of related administrations has caused the water to get wasted and farms don't get water on time. If the irrigation system of Archi district was modernised, it has the capacity of irrigating half the country!" according to Nabi.
Twenty three year old Azizullah Rahimi who studies in Kunduz province, blames the low productivity of farms on the absence of mechanized farming. "The farming system is still traditional in Archi district." Mechanisation, he insists, will double farm outputs here.
He suggests the Ministry of Agriculture should make cooperatives for farmers and provide them with modern machinery.
In addition, there should be motorable roads to connect this rural district to market towns, he says. "The road between the district and Kunduz city has been completely destroyed … vehicles are running on the footpaths and it takes a long time to get to the city which has an (adverse) impact on the prices too."
Muhammadullah, 28, echoes similar sentiments. He says farmers suffer big losses every year with crops sold at very low prices, if at all.
Muhammad Reza, an undergraduate at the Agriculture Faculty, appealed to NGOs for help. Farmers could do with subsidies, pesticides and advise on what to plant and how to prevent diseases.
The Ministry of Agriculture says there are plans for a new programme to increase agricultural production and find markets for farmers across Afghanistan. Local resources and agricultural administrations will be harnessed. As a result farm incomes could triple from 500 USD to 1,500 USD, the ministry's Asif Rahimi said optimistically. But he hastened to clarify that this could take anything between five and 10 years.
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